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Grant will provide continued opportunities for JROTC

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The NRA Foundation has awarded the Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team a grant totaling $4,598 to fund new equipment purchases.

"We are very excited that the NRA Foundation is making an investment in our community through their support of our youth marksmanship program," said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, Senior Army Instructor for MHS JROTC. “Every year we teach nearly 100 cadets how to properly handle and safely operate an air rifle. Then they learn the joy that competitive marksmanship can bring.”

The Marion JROTC Rifle Team has accumulated several honors, including state and regional championships, as well as entrance qualifications to compete at various national championships.

“Our Rifle Team continues to do well each year, racking up titles and championships,” Farlow said. “But what I think is more important is that all of our cadets learn about gun safety. Quite simply, this makes our community safer. And I am pleased that the NRA Foundation is willing to support our efforts to teach young people weapons safety.”

The grant will provide the marksmanship team with new equipment to be used in precision category competition, the highest level of air rifle competition, and the same level in which college and Olympics athletes compete. Equipment to be purchased with the grant includes a new precision air rifle, three precision shooting outfits, sighting scopes and stands, and other needed range equipment.

About the National Rifle Association
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About The NRA Foundation
Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearm and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shootings sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context.  More information about The NRA Foundation can be found online at

About Friends of NRA
Friends of NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement to organize and, with help from NRA field staff, plan community events for firearms enthusiasts. All net proceeds from Friends of NRA events are allocated to The NRA Foundation, the leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. Through NRA Foundation grants for equipment, training materials, range improvements, and more, qualified local, state, and national programs receive aid to involve and inspire a new generation of competitive shooters. Learn more about Friends of NRA at